BP is inviting contractors to join a select list of firms to handle its 300-500 million petrol station building and refurb programme over the next three years.
BP Europe Retail is taking up the partnering or alliancing idea pioneered by BP Exploration in the North Sea, where it has cut costs by up to 30 per cent.
Both BP and contractors have shared the savings.
Now engineers seconded from BP Exploration aim for similar costs savings on the companys big European petrol station building programme.
A BP spokesman said:' We could end up choosing just one contractor. But it seems more likely it will be a small group of firms that we will form an alliance with.'
BP plans to build 100 petrol stations a year and hopes contractors can help it save costs and increase both sides profits by working together more closely.